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hearts on a wire - newsletter 10

hearts on a wire - newsletter 10

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fall 2013
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Issue 10 Fall 2013
Hearts on a Wire 
: About Hearts ... 2Letter from theOutside Collective ... 2RIP Miss Diamond ... 3Mother & Friend:RIP Face ... 3Unequal TreatmentBecause of Sexual Orientation orGender Identity ... 4Where My Girls At? ... 6Home ... 6Survival ... 6Love is Still Free ... 6Name Change ... 7Here I Am Sittin' ... 7Falling Soul ... 8Recipe for Lip Gloss ... 8Resources ... 9Hunger Strike inCalifornia Prisons ... 10Remember Attica ... 11I Believe ... 12SEPTA has Eliminatedthe Gender Stickers,with a BUT ... 12From the Mail ... 13Pride Is ... 14T/GV Prison Report ... 15Contribute & Subscribe ... 16
* support incarcerated and detained trans and gender variant people ** build community through bars ** organize for justice *
Hearts On A Wire 
We are trans and gender variant people building amovement for gender self-determination, racial andeconomic justice, and an endto policing and imprisoningour communities.We meet in Philly at:William Way Center 1315 Spruce StreetTuesdays at 5:30pm
tokens providedheartsonawire@gmail.com
Mx. Nipha AKA Snoe BunnyTyree Sanders @SCI FayetteJordan Gwendolyn DavisMarkita @ SCI FayetteKatrina M. DelanceyGrizz AKA Lil Rob GMiley Selena GrowTwanna @ FayetteStephanie CoatesShaylanna LuvmeMiss Juicy WoodsKeisha FitzgeraldPablo aka P.RawRachael PlasterMilo EhrenbergBarrett MarshallJW @ SCI ForestRiver MagneticPascal EmmerDwayne RiecoMal DurhamLady MariahAdrian LoweSusie MoonMiss BrakieMrs. JanelSlammingBam BamMaerieKate K.Angel
Cover Artist - Miss Brakie Layout - Adrian Lowe
Letter from theOutside Collective
Dear Inside Collective, As we said in our last letter, we had a busyJune. We tabled at the Trans HealthConference, speaking to hundreds of attendeesabout trans incarceration issues generally,and Hearts on a Wire specifically. We raisedmoney for printing and postage. Most of usattended sessions too: highlights includedworkshops on trans encounters with cops,condoms as evidence, trans parenting, sexworker issues, addiction recovery, and a prisonissues workshop where our report was used bythe presenters and we were given a fewminutes to speak about our organizing.We rolled deep to the Prison Health &Reentry Summit, where we went to a panel onHIV criminalization, participated in thediscussion after a screening of the film
Crueland Unusual
(a documentary about theexperience of transgender women in USprisons), and asked challenging questions in aworkshop about Dawn Court (a prostitutionalternative sentencing court in Philadelphiawhich is limited to non-trans women).In July we were hit hard by the murder of Miss Diamond. Several Hearts on a Wireoutside members were personal friends of Diamond, and her loss has been devastating.The dehumanizing and sensationalist newscoverage was painful even for those of us whodid not have the pleasure of a personalrelationship with Diamond.This fall many of us have plans to participatein the Recovery Walk and the Philadelphia AIDS Walk. We plan to bring our banner andbe a visible presence at the 3rd annual PhillyTrans* March. As a reminder, we have begun to send outmaterials for the commissary campaign forinside collective members and allies to collectsignatures. If you are interested in assisting with this, please write to Hearts on a Wireand let us know!In loving solidarity,
Hearts on a Wire Outside Collective 
RIP Miss Diamond
by Katrina Delancey
To MyMother &Friend:RIP Face
 Juicy Woods
You showed me love fromday oneIt was yesterdayWhen we were walking tracklike mother and daughter Now you're gone awayIt was yesterday when you Accepted me as I amNever judging me or Discouraging me from beingwho I beIt was yesterday we wouldlaugh at each other Playing in each other hair Having a good timeNow you’re gone And I am all alone with noone to talk toWho can share what wesharedKeeping it real like familyshouldI never thought you wouldleave just like thatNow you taught me one thingEnjoy life for all love has togiveCause it can be over Just like thatMoma, I love youLove your daughter Forever and Ever 
Diamond Williams, 31, was murdered on theweekend of July 11th, 2013. She was picked upby someone on the long stretch of Old York Road.The person that picked her up took her back tohis Strawberry Mansion home, killed her,dismembered her with an ax and scattered thepieces of her body in a vacant, weeded lot about amile from the house.Diamond was very well known to the community.Her death rocked the transgender community byrehashing previous murders of Nizah Morris,Kyra Cordova, and Stacy Blanhik. Members of the community held a vigil July 23 in LOVEpark. Jaci Adams, activist and friend to Diamondsays, "Diamond was just like any other African- American trans woman that didn't find muchopportunity, that wasn't graciously accepted inmany areas in life." Diamond struggled withsubstance abuse issues and not too long beforeher death Diamond was trying to find a way outfrom those demons. She was a resident of MorrisHome for a short period of time. Morris Home isthe nation's first residential treatment programfor Trans and Gender Variant individuals.Personally,Diamond was agood friend omine. Over theyears I got theprivilege ogetting to knowher, the good, thebad, and theindifferent.Diamond did notdeserve to die theway she did. As Ieven write thisarticle, it still issuch an emotional journey for me toread, hear, andeven write aboutthe way shepassed away.I saw Diamond not too long before hearing thenews of her death; she was having someoneassist her in getting a resume put together.I know in my heart she's in a better place, and Iwould hope that she's looking and smiling downon us.

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